Creating Asynchronous Learning Networks in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Courses for Home-Based Learners
John Sener, Northern Virginia Community College, United States
IJET Volume 3, Number 1, ISSN 1077-9124 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Northern Virginia Community College's (NVCC) Extended Learning Institute (ELI) and faculty at NVCC's Annandale campus are developing distance education engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and physics courses leading to an associate in science engineering degree. Incorporating asynchronous learning networks (ALNs) into course design enables the development of courses that integrate interaction and collaboration with self-paced, independent modes of learning. Developing such a program for home-based community college students presents a number of significant challenges, such as balancing student access with technology use, developing effective physical science and engineering laboratory activities, transmitting graphical content, demonstrating problem-solving processes, developing faculty competence without requiring universal expertise, and assuring portability of courses to other interested institutions. Current ALN development emphasizes providing access to other learning participants (faculty, tutors, peers) as resources by designing interactive and collaborative learning activities. Planned ALN development will emphasize providing access to remote resources such as graphics libraries, instructional and training "movies," and World Wide Web sites. Initial project results include achieving completion and grade distribution rates comparable to on-campus course offerings. The complete degree program is scheduled to be offered starting in the fall semester of 1997.
Sener, J. (1997). Creating Asynchronous Learning Networks in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Courses for Home-Based Learners. International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, 3(1), 23-39. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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